I don't know if he'll take flack in his own party, but given that the NDP certainly has other MPs that represent rural constituencies, I'm pretty sure he's not the only one in his party or his caucus to hold this view. And it's a view I share, as do many Liberal from rural ridings, including, I'm sure, inside caucus. Hand-gun registry absolutely, but the long-gun registry makes no sense and should be scrapped:
A New Democrat member of Parliament is taking aim at Canada's long-gun registration program.
Northwestern Ontario MP John Rafferty wants the program scrapped.
He says he intends to introduce a private member's bill to that end when the House of Commons resumes sitting.
Rafferty says the money that goes to the program now would be better spent on police enforcement initiatives.
He admits many in his own party have different views, but says he is following the wishes of his constituents in his predominantly rural riding of Thunder Bay-River River.
Other MPs have introduced similar bills in the past, only to see them go nowhere.
I strongly support gun control. But long guns, aka rifles, are another kettle of fish. This really is an urban/rural thing. And for the Liberal Party, it's kind of a chicken or the egg thing. We have trouble electing rural MPs because of our policies on issues like this. And we get our policies on issues like this wrong because we don't have the perspective of rural MPs at the caucus table. A tough circle to square.
I went into greater depth on the issue a few years ago. Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers